How to Burn Steel
You win need: Candle, tongs or pliers, steel wool.
Oxygen is necessary if we
wish to burn anything. There are many ways of proving this. One of the simplest
is shown here.
You may not realize that
steel can burn, although this is done every day in industry with the aid of an
extremely hot flame obtained by mixing pure oxygen and acetylene. We will use a
In order to burn steel we
need as much oxygen as possible around it. We need the steel in line shreds so
that the air can circulate freely around them.
The steel wool used in the kitchen is ideal for
Take a tuft of steel wool
and fluff it out. Now hold the wool with the tongs or pliers and lower it to
the candle flame, (Be sure the burning embers will fall onto a metal surface
(preferably into the candle tray). You will be surprised to see your experiment
turn into a miniature fireworks display.